Ridgefield to restrict fireworks use in city

first_imgRidgefield city councilors voted Thursday night to restrict fireworks use in the city, following a recent trend around Clark County of municipalities limiting the days people can shoot off fireworks.The council voted 5-1 in favor of limiting firework use to 9 a.m. until midnight July 4, with sales allowed from July 1 through 4. Currently, Ridgefield allows fireworks use from June 28 through July 5. The city previously allowed fireworks use on New Year’s Eve, but voted to change that in November 2017. This year will be the city’s first New Year’s Eve not allowing fireworks use.Ridgefield’s vote comes after the Clark County Council voted 3-2 to limit fireworks use in all unincorporated areas from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4, Battle Ground city councilors voted 4-3 in favor of limiting the discharging of fireworks to July 3 and 4 and Camas city councilors voted 5-2 in favor of restricting fireworks use from 9 a.m. until midnight on July 4.All of the new regulations start in 2019.“Every Fourth of July, the conversation (to limit firework use) happens,” Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart said. “It’s just happened more over the last few years.”He attributes two factors to that: people living closer together because of growth and being concerned about their neighbors, and the Eagle Creek Fire, a fireworks-caused fire that caused major damage to the Columbia River Gorge.last_img read more